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A beautifully located site, handy for the port of Oban
Oban Caravan and Camping Park (Oban)
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Oban Caravan and Camping Park (Oban)
Date: 23/07/09, updated on 23/07/09 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Great location, good prices, friendly staff
This little gem of a park is set at the end of a single track road that winds along the edge of the Sound of Kerrera. The location is stunning - in higher ground above a very small village with great views over the water and excellent for access to the island of Kerrera - the small ferry across the sound being less than a mile away.
It's really easy to find by car; just take the road up the side of the Tourist Information Centre in Oban, go past the big CalMac ferry terminal, then the small ferry across to Kerrera then and follow the road to its end in the village of Gallanach. A bus service serves the park twice a day (mid-morning and mid-afternoon) running from Oban with additional services in high season for those not arriving by car, or it's a two-mile walk from Oban centre.
The park itself is very friendly. We were a party of two camping with our collie dog and all three of us were made welcome. Like many sites they ask that the dog be kept on a lead at all times, which was not a problem for us.
There are separate caravan and tent fields. As we were camping, we made for the camping field which is in high on the saddle at the top of the valley in which the caravan part sits. The views from our tent were astounding - down the other side of the valley across the Sound of Kerrera and into the Firth of Lorn. Because the camping fields are at the top of a saddle, the drainage was excellent and we couldn't find any boggy spots even despite rain earlier in the day.
Although the site states that camping pitches do not have electrical hook-ups, some actually do and are available on a first-come, first-served basis for no extra charge. Those not needing electricity are asked, obviously, not to take up a "serviced" pitch. We were particularly pleased about the electricity as it allowed us to run our portable fridge and recharge its battery for the rest of the week.
The toilet-block is centrally located and was very clean. The showers were excellent, hot and free and the whole block spotlessly clean, despite the site being moderately busy when we visited. The campers' kitchen (aka washing up area) was also clean and had lots of hot water.
The camp shop was small but adequate catering for most emergency needs. It sold the usual bread, milk, tinned and dried goods as well as some fresh produce (veg and fruit), gas canisters, matches, batteries, etc. It had a small stock of half-bottles of decent wine. Compared to other shops on camp sites the prices were reasonable, although obviously more expensive than the supermarkets in Oban.
We only stayed for one night as we were touring on a tight schedule but would have loved to have stayed longer. We will be back.
Prices were £13 per night which includes the first two people and one car. Extra people, cars, awnings, etc would have been £2 per night each. Infants are free, as was the dog.
Summary: A good location to stay over or in which to base yourself if visiting Argyll
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